Wayne Rooney’s 10 defining matches as Man Utd and England legend retires

Wayne Rooney has brought his glittering playing career to an end by becoming Derby manager on a full-time basis.

The Championship club confirmed on Friday the 35-year-old former England captain had agreed a permanent deal through to the summer of 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager's role, Rooney had "elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job".

Rooney earned 120 caps for England, scoring 53 goals, and won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, plus the Champions League in 2008.

And, as he brings an end to a memorable career, we look back at 10 of his defining moments…

1. "Remember the name – Wayne Rooney!"

The moment he announced himself to the world.

Rooney was just a young buck when he became the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history in 2002, blasting home from range against Arsenal at Goodison Park.

It was a goal that underlined his main attributes: brute strength, great technique and an audacity shared by all the very best players.

And it was also a goal meet with delight by commentator Clive Tyldesley, who said: “Gravesen forward. Rooney. Instant control. And he curls it… Oh a brilliant goal! Brilliant goal! Remember the name! Wayne Rooney.”

We certainly remembered it…

2. The infamous t-shirt

Ah, the naivety of youth.

Back in 2002, when Rooney was bursting into the nation’s collective footballing consciousness, he obviously dreamed of a long and successful career at Goodison Park.

He was so confident in his future at Everton that he revealed a t-shirt proclaiming "Once a Blue, alway's [sic] a Blue” after scoring in the FA Youth Cup Final.

Two years later, in an entirely conceivably twist of fate, he was a Red (Devil).

That didn't go down well with the Everton fans, but as we now know, it wouldn't be the end of his affiliation with the Toffees…

3. Debut hat-trick vs Fenerbahce

There were eyebrows raised when United parted with close to £30million for a then 18-year-old in the summer of 2004.

Rooney had just set the European Championship in Portugal alight but there were concerns over his temperament and goal record.

They were soon put to bed though in a stunning Old Trafford debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League.

The striker fired in his first after just quarter of an hour before racing through to slot home 10 minutes later.

And Rooney ensured his hat-trick with a stunning free-kick as United ran out 6-2 winners. It will be a night that still lives long in the memory of the now-retired star.

4. Stunning volley against Newcastle

Arguably the finest goal of his stunning career, this memorable volley against Newcastle was all about raw power.

Rooney was actually arguing with the ref when he sprinted forward to attack, finally taking his anger out on the ball, which whistled into the top corner.

Cue pandemonium at Old Trafford… and a pat on the head from Roy Keane.

5. That overhead against Man City

During his Old Trafford career, Rooney had been something of a nemesis for fierce rivals Manchester City.

The England captain bagged an impressive 11 goals against the Etihad outfit – and in February 2011, he delivered one of the greatest goals seen in the fiery encounter.

With the scores tied at 1-1, Rooney readjusted his position to connect perfectly with an overhead kick – leaving international colleague Joe Hart stranded.

It was a moment of true inspiration that even left Sir Alex Ferguson speechless.

6. Goal against West Ham from halfway

Another for the end-of-career DVD, this one.

There appeared to be nothing on when the striker picked up the ball near halfway at Upton Park, but Rooney's speed of thought was in evidence once again as he lifted a shot over the goalkeeper and into the net.

He repeated this against the Hammers during his second stint with Everton, scoring from his own half in a routine 4-0 win, but the United screamer arguably stands out more.

7. Rooney announces himself for England

In his first major international finals, Rooney inspired the Three Lions to a much-needed win over Switzerland.

The 18-year-old had been part of the side beaten by two late Zinedine Zidane goals in the opener, but he put that firmly behind him with two goals, becoming the youngest player to score in a European Championship (at the time) in the process.

He opened the scoring on 23 minutes, guiding a header past Jorg Stiel, before rifling home with 15 minutes remaining, a fierce drive hitting the post and ricocheting into the net, via the head of Stiel.

8. The Carvalho stamp

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The moment Rooney channeled David Beckham at a World Cup.

The similarities between the midfielder's 1998 shame and Rooney's 2006 red were creepy… not least that nonplussed glance up at the card in the referee's hand.

Indeed, Rooney's maiden World Cup ended in disaster after he received a straight red for apparently stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Much was made of Cristiano Ronaldo's role in the incident – that wink, etc – but Rooney later revealed that the incident was never an issue between the pair.

9. Slags off England fans

When England could only draw with Algeria at the 2010 World Cup, the fans weren't shy about letting the players know what they thought. The boos echoed out.

Rooney, hearing the reaction, looked at a TV camera and said: "Nice to see your home fans boo you, that's loyal supporters."

It was not a great idea and Rooney got panned for it.

10. Breaking the Three Lions goalscoring record

He had to wait a while, but Rooney's stunning longevity eventually paid off when he overtook Sir Bobby Charlton's England goal record in early September.

A strike against Switzerland took him to 50 goals and prompted a huge outpouring of affection for a player who has not always been universally loved.

Ultimately, he finished on 53 goals for the Three Lions while also surpassing Charlton as United's all-time record goalscorer with a mighty 253 strikes.

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